David M. Pierce, Ph.D.
Mechanical Engineering/Biomedical Engineering/Mathematics
Computational and experimental solid (bio)mechanics, constitutive modeling, finite element methods, applied mathematics, and corollary programming/software.
191 Auditorium Road, Unit 3139
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-3247
Office Phone: (860) 486-4109
Office Fax: (860) 486-5088
B.S. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
M.S. Stanford University, CA
Ph.D. Stanford University, CA
Ph.D.-Minor Stanford University, CA
Habilitation (Venia Legendi) Graz University of Technology, AT
With the Interdisciplinary Mechanics Laboratory at UConn he studies the theory, development and application of pragmatic computational methods for physical problems of practical importance using computational and experimental solid (bio)mechanics, finite element methods, applied mathematics, and corollary programming/software. His recent work proposes several new 3-D, large strain constitutive models for articular cartilage, facilitating FE simulation of sample/patient-specific cartilage deformation, fiber network response and fluid permeation; he has also developed techniques to incorporate medical imaging data (e.g. from ultra-high field diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging and multiphoton microscopy). Applications include the mechanics of cartilage in health and disease, the mechanics of arteries, and fracture prediction methodologies for microelectromechanical systems in collaboration with A.M. Fitzgerald & Associates, LLC in CA.
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